Book review: Jean-Pierre Gattuso and Lina Hansson (eds). 2011. Ocean Acidification. Oxford University Press.

Reviewed by Peter G. Brewer, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, 7700 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing CA 95039; brpe@mbari.org.

Ocean acidification, or more correctly ocean carbonation as the opening chapter in this excellent book reminds us, is the by now well known effect of the massive on-going transfer of fossil fuel CO2 from the atmosphere to the ocean.The quantities are enormous; some 1 million metric tons of CO2 per hour are now absorbed by ocean surface waters and the oceanic fossil fuel burden is now some 550 billion tons.This is both blessing and bane for without oceanic uptake of both heat and CO2 we would face an overwhelming climate crisis today. But what of the downside and how significant are the impacts of rapidly rising oceanic CO2 levels with the inevitable accompanying decline in pH? In the 15 chapters of this book some 40 prominent investigators in this field carefully examine the evidence and make predictions.

Brewer PG, 2012. Book review: Jean-Pierre Gattuso and Lina Hansson (eds), 2011, Ocean Acidification, Oxford University Press. L&O Bulletin 21(1): 14-16. Article (subscription required).

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